Gatwick drones: Airport reopens after latest suspension – BBC News

A further drone sighting has again disrupted the UK’s second biggest airport, with flights grounded and passengers unable to fly.

Aircraft were left circling above the area during the latest alert, which came at about 17:10 GMT. Flights resumed less than 90 minutes later.

A spokeswoman for the airport said the suspension was only as a precaution.

He said military measures had been put in place that meant it was safe to reopen.

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47 Comments

  1. Dan0101010101010 on February 18, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    I threw a paper airplane over the fence, could I get arrested?

  2. Lilian CR on February 18, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Please to the people took my blood I need DNA test befor any if you open their mouth

  3. Stewie Griffindor on February 18, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    I would lick the runway if Theresa May walked on it. Ummm toes.

  4. Julian Coulden on February 18, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    It’s irrelevant that we have a law preventing drones from flying too close to an airport as boasted by Chris Grayling, who once again proves to be a Teflon coated minister taking zero responsibility for what happens to transport on his watch! The point is laws get broken and flouted all the time. The test is what do we, the government and police do, to combat the law being broken. In this case it seems enforcement authorities just let the illegal activity disrupt thousands of travellers and plans with total impunity. Unable to act? Can you imagine this happening in Russia, China or even the USA? The culprits would have been caught, arrested and in Russia and China have disappeared without trace. Meanwhile in the uk the police are still looking for the perpetrators! This has to be the biggest laugh of yet more government incompetence. Not a bang but a whimper! Any observer could have seen this one coming, it was an incident waiting to happen, for which we were not prepared.

  5. dmg uk on February 18, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    in relation to brexit and the drone……i switched off bout it long b4 this incident

  6. me heretoday on February 18, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    can you imagine if one of the drones had taken out one of the larger planes. It would have been catastrophic.

  7. Stewie Griffindor on February 18, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Do you want to go fishing Jack?

  8. Constable George pc brown on February 18, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Idoits fliying a drone

  9. Stewie Griffindor on February 18, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Ok boy.

  10. Jason Rough on February 18, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    NICE PROFILING

  11. Mromred1974 on February 18, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    wheres the fookin footage of the drone then ??????

  12. Underwater and Curious on February 18, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    So just what, are unspecified measures? Please.explain to the audience thanks.

  13. Stewie Griffindor on February 18, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Theresa May? More like bedknobs and broomsticks.

  14. Sam Wilson on February 18, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks, BBC. Thanks for your unbiased non-propaganda. Thanks for the actors whom you regularly employ to never engage in your non-propaganda.

  15. Ratsquid on February 18, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    were on to you beeb

  16. Oskar M on February 18, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    How I like the fact that britain is brexiting its self from EU, so many terrorists will be restricted to go to main land. This is what we need in EU. Keep your terrorists in Luton and Birmingham. Stay away from EU fuck turds.

  17. Mikey Peters on February 18, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Hope they get the full five years, and a pile of private prosecutions, against them. They must pay for a very long time.

  18. Pete Windsor on February 18, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    More Nonsense from the BBC.

  19. Underwater and Curious on February 18, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Plus… *GREEN PARTY ACTIVISTS* don’t like airplanes! Or Airports.. Or Holiday flying carbon makers. I’d pay them a visit .. But then, i aint got a.squad car.
    Funny how its not even been.suggested yet?

  20. Go Pro on February 18, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Such a nice fish, good for everyone. I don’t buy this shit. Only TV Junkies.

  21. Mattyboii gaming on February 18, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    it defo ufos but the government keeing it quuiet from us . wish they could just be real with us insteard of treating us like we stupid.

  22. B-Mize on February 18, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    "Do a barrel roll"!!

  23. eric lovelace on February 18, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Ban all drones. Err… I mean guns.

  24. Stewie Griffindor on February 18, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Lenny!

  25. Flame zodiac on February 18, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Over a drone sighting is there anything else to this or what???

  26. the ravedaddy on February 18, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Its official then? A cyclist brings the country to its knees……..

  27. Stewie Griffindor on February 18, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    I bet David Cameron wears a pig mask when he gives Theresa a good I’m slap and a tickle.

  28. Rebeljean 66 on February 18, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Bullshit

  29. Zeta Reticule on February 18, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Ufo from the Earth 🙂 this ship’s is not making from the human but she coming from underground Earth

  30. I like fortnite tyler on February 18, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Hi am at dis airport and I had to sleep there for 24 hours

  31. Stewie Griffindor on February 18, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    I would kill for it and I would happily die for it.

  32. Stewie Griffindor on February 18, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Easy boy.

  33. eric lovelace on February 18, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Drones & drones bla bla. The bbc are utterly useless to all humanity.

  34. MrFurling on February 18, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Inside job!

  35. XJokermanX on February 18, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    CALLUX

  36. Stewie Griffindor on February 18, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Sorry everyone. Ryan’s horizon uk hacked into my account whilst I was "dropping the kids off".

  37. LaLiLuLeLo ThePatriots on February 18, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Drones don’t move that fast going sideways, even helicopters move sideways but the video I saw was no Helicopter. If this was a UFO, you the reporter’s work for the public and you need to report the Truth to the Public and not this Fake News Censorship. Do you people even believe in God, tell the Public the Truth, this was not a Drone, Drones don’t move like that. The only thing that moves like that are the UFO’s. I don’t know if the video I watch if it’s a UFO or a bird, but like they shutdown the airport then is a good chance it was a UFO.

  38. Animesaint on February 18, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    I think drones should be banned for good

  39. ISCDQ on February 18, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Seems like another tactic to keep minds of brexit .. I think the older generation use any cover up for big f ups .. the world isn’t in safe hands

  40. Anachronos Anachronos on February 18, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    How you found who try to asassinate Scripals for one hour and didn`t manage to stop one stupid guy with drone? UK go down faster than rock falling on ground.

  41. Rooker7993 on February 18, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    This is a good way to keep the worldwide yellow vests story out of the news.

  42. Parrot Brand on February 18, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    The most ridiculous thing is, the real criminal is still at large and they arrested the wrong people!

  43. Jamie Johnson on February 18, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Glad the imaginary drone is no longer a threat

  44. Ali Keyghobadi on February 18, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Yea a YouTuber called w2s aka Harry aka w2s actually tweeted he was doing drone scenes of him playing football for a video

    Edit:he also said it was Gatwick

  45. mboiko on February 18, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    "A man and woman arrested in connection with drone sightings that grounded flights at Gatwick Airport have been released without charge." – What a scam…now the Drone bill can be pushed through Parliment and no one will object…mission succeded. Translation for dumb people: There never was a Drone, this was done to get a Drone Bill approved by Parliment.

  46. Constable George pc brown on February 18, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Welcome to gatwick ejoiy our floor

  47. Paul Scotcher on February 18, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    A potential attack by terrorists maybe? If so, government past and present are to blame,putting us all at risk!.What a nice kindly caring government we’ve got!!

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